From the Back Pages, June 21: Liverpool go cool on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke as focus switches to Fernando Llorente and Carlos Bacca

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Liverpool are turning their attentions to the Juventus striker Fernando Llorente and Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca after refusing to meet the £32.5 million release fee to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa. (The Telegraph)

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Charlton defender Joe Gomez for £3.5m to land their fourth acquisition of the summer. (The Independent)

Former England centre back Rio Ferdinand has called Liverpool star Raheem Sterling and Tottenham’s Harry Kane ‘overpriced’ as the transfer chase for the in-demand English pair hots up. (Daily Mail)

ANDY MURRAY’S bid for a fourth Aegon Championships title at Queen’s Club was halted by the rain last night. (The Express)

Lewis Hamilton’s strutting domination of the 2015 Formula One season continued when he won his seventh pole position in eight attempts, despite spinning off the track. The two-times world champion has failed to win three of the seven races to date but another victory was thrown away in Monaco, where he bestrode the weekend only to be denied at the end by his team’s poor decision-making. (The Guardian)

Has former Arsenal defender Lauren let the cat out of the bag on Petr Cech’s move to the Emirates? Rumours continue to gather pace about the Chelsea stopper’s potential switch across London, and the Cameroonian took to Twitter to have his say. (The Mirror)

Jonny Bairstow justified his call-up for the injured Jos Buttler with an unbeaten 83 from 60 balls to lead England to a three-wicket victory over New Zealand at Chester-le-Street and an overall 3-2 win in the one-day series. (The Times)

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